CMC to produce compost manure from waste

The CMC is trying its level best to make Madikeri town plastic-free town. Though the initiative was started five years ago, it is gaining momentum now. Owing to the stringent measures undertaken by the CMC, businessmen have stopped using plastic bags. Citizens have realised that plastic is non-degradable.

Owing to the continuous use of plastic, compost could not be produced by the CMC. About 14 tonne wastes from the town is disposed in six acre land near Stone Hill daily.

The CMC could have manufactured compost from such a huge wastes. The CMC can even fetch lakhs of income from the manure. However, as the wastes was not segregated and plastic was the main component in the wastes, the production of compost was getting delayed all these years.

Now the CMC has decided to utilise a technology to segregate plastic from the wastes. The CMC has purchased a machine worth Rs 1.85 lakh to segregate plastic from wastes.

The machine can segregate three tonne plastic per one hour. About 65 per cent of segregated wastes can be used for producing manure. To store the plastics segregated from the wastes, a godown has been constructed near Stone Hill.

The machine will be put to use as soon we get electricity connection, said CMC President P D Ponnappa.

He said “CMC is planning to hand over the responsibility of producing compost to Sthree Shakthi Sangha or NGO. With the manufacture of compost, CMC can fetch lakhs of income.

Yet to implement

Though the use of plastic is banned by CMC, it has not been implemented strictly in the town, according to public. Many hotels still use plastics. Law can not alone bring in change. Merchants and public should join hands with CMC in implementing the ban on plastic.


‘Don’t waste water from Chiklihole dam’

Zilla Panchayat member V P Shashidhar urged the officials of the Cauvery Irrigation Corporation to stop unnecessary release of water from the Chiklihole dam.
“Though there is no demand for water from the farmers of Chiklihole irrigation area, water is being released from the dam unnecessarily for the past 15 days,” he stated in a press conference here on Sunday.“When the farmers were demanding release of water for paddy cultivation, the officials did not take steps and now when there is no demand, they are releasing water. The water is simply flowing to the river Cauvery,” he said.

“The Chiklihole dam is an unwanted child both for the government and for the Cauvery Irrigation Corporation. It has become a ‘kamadhenu’ for only a few contractors. No useful programmes have been implemented for the farmers so far,” Shashidhar alleged.

He also alleged that the officials are irresponsible and lack a foresight. They have even failed to de-silt the canals and maintain them, he added.

The Nanjarayapattana and Guddehosuru Gram Sabhas have already urged the Corporation to stop releasing water but there has been no action, he noted.

The ZP member said if the unnecessary flow of water is not checked immediately, intense protests will be organised.

Town Panchayat member V N Mahesh and Mohammed Razaq were present at the press meet.


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Uthappa’s huge sixes force ball replacement twice

Bangalore : Robin Uthappa smashed six sixes for his 38-ball 68 runs at the M.Chinnaswamy stadium here Tuesday in the Royal Challengers tie against Chennai Super Kings, forcing the replacement of the ball twice as it could not be located.

Two of his sixes were huge. One went out of the stadium and another time the ball could not be traced though it fell in the stands. Both the times the balls had to be replaced.

Former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin and popular Kannada actor and former Congress MP M.H. Ambareesh were among the thousands who watched the hard-hitting Uthappa enable his team reach 171

As usual Siddhartha Mallya, son of RCB owner and liquor baron Vijay Mallya, was cheering his team. Missing this time was Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, whose presence in one of the previous outings of Royal Challengers here had led to tabloid frenzy that the two were dating.


Dr J Somanna apologises for hurting Kodavas

“The statement by leaders that my book Dalita Lokada novu-nalivu has hurt the sentiments of Kodavas has hurt me. I had no intention of hurting the sentiments of Kodava community members. If my book has hurt the sentiments of the people, then I seek apology,” said Balele Vijayalakshmi PU College Lecturer Dr J Somanna.

He said “I have documented local people’s views. The book is being published with the assistance of Kannada and Culture department. All the remarks are not my personal views,” he clarified. I have been working in Balele Vijayalakshmi PU College since 1990 and have great respect for Kodava culture and tradition. With respect to patriotism among Kodavas who are serving for the country, I have great respect. However, I never intended to hurt their sentiments. I do not have any association with Naxal movement. Let police clarify whether I have any connection with  the Naxals.”


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‘Balele bandh’ on March 29

Madikeri:Members of the Kodava Samaja in Belele town of Virajpet taluk in Kodagu and several other organisations have called for a “Balele bandh” on March 29 in protest against the alleged derogatory references to the Kodava community in a book written by J. Somanna, a lecturer at Vijayalakshmi Junior College in Balele.

President of the Balele Kodava Samaja Malchira Bose told presspersons here on Wednesday that there were unwanted references to the style in whichsari is worn by Kodava women and blasphemous remarks against Goddess Cauvery, the presiding deity of the Kodavas, in the book “Dalit Lokada Novu Nalivu.”

Mr. Somanna must apologise to the Kodava people and withdraw his book, he demanded. Mr. Bose said they would not disturb the ongoing examinations or prevent buses from plying.

The Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police would be apprised of the issue, Mr. Bose pointed out.


Secretary of the college C.S. Krishna Ganapathi said a explanation was sought from the lecturer following a letter from the samaja, but he denied writing anything derogatory against the community.

Mr. Somanna also took up the matter with veteran politician A.K. Subbaiah who released a press statement condemning the decision of the college to seek an explanation from the writer.


Yuvaka Sangha from Kottageri; Gorugodu Aiyappa Sangha from Karmadu; Sports Club and Farmers’ Association from Balele town; Kalluguddeshwara Swasahaya Sangha from Ponnappasante; Vijaya Grameena Sangha from Nittur; Kodava Sangha from Devanoor and Sarvajanika Hitarakshna Samiti from Srimangla have extended support to the March 29 bandh, Mr. Bose added.

– The Hindu

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‘Jago Hindustani’ – a musical evening of patriotic songs

“Jago Hindustani”, a musical evening of popular Hindi patriotic songs, will be organised in Madikeri and Gonicoppa on March 27 and 28 respectively.

The event is dedicated to martyrs from Kodagu. Families of two soldiers who laid down lives for the country in war will be honoured on the occasion, managing director of Shyama Jewels, Krishna Narayan, told presspersons here on Wednesday. A 25-member troupe of artistes from Kolhapur will perform on both days, he said.

 The event will begin at the Gandhi Maidan here at 6 p.m. on March 27 and at the Cauvery College grounds in Gonicoppa on March 28. Over 3,500 passes have been issued for the show in Madikeri and 1,500 in Gonicoppa, he added.

 – The Hindu